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‘It be been a nightmare’: Rainy summer hits farmers recovering from drought

‘It be been a nightmare’: Rainy summer hits farmers recovering from drought

Farmers who have battled thru years of drought will lap up rain any day; on the alternative hand, the unusually wet summer has introduced with it a raft of challenges.

Key factors:

  • A climatologist expects above average rainfall may last except April
  • Wine grapes have been been damaged by summer rain
  • Cattle are being impacted by the wet weather

Some areas of NSW have already recorded upwards of 100 millimetres of rain this year and that is impacting some plants and livestock.

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Barmedman wool grower John Minogue said it had been a real challenge to maintain flystrike at bay, as his merino sheep approach shearing time.

“It be been a nightmare. They have all been treated and sadly tranquil some are tranquil being attacked by flies, so or no longer it is been a real hard time for them,” Mr Minogue said.

Mr Minogue said green wool and rot was something growers had no longer experienced for years.

“Whereas chemicals have been efficient in the past, this year with such a gigantic quantity of rain this summer (upwards of 150mm) they staunch assemble no longer appear to be able to handle that stress.”

Sheep in a shearing shed, a photo by Chantel Renae taken near Thallon in south-western Queensland.

Farmers are attempting to maintain their sheep dry ahead of shearing.(Provided: Chantel Renae)

Southern NSW wool broker Marty Moses said colour stain had appeared in some wool clips impacted by summer rainfall.

“The place we had dusty backs in the drought, now we have sheep with green water-stained wool,” Mr Moses said.

“It be green with lucerne two-foot excessive in some places.”

Summer weeds rampant

Riverina grain grower Roger Bolte is battling summer weeds on his cropping nation at West Wyalong.

“We are staunch about to start our 2nd round of crop spraying for summer fallow management.”

The weeds that are at the moment plaguing him and various growers in the Riverina are volunteer cereals from last year’s plants, barnyard grass, black grass, wire weed and Feathertop Rhodes grass.


“They are certainly increasing very well at the moment, but that makes them easy to manage,” he said.

The weeds are thriving on the 200 millimetres of rain Mr Bolte has scored this year.

Rain dampens hay demand

Hay trade consultant Colin Peace said the wet summer was no longer supportive of costs and demand for the hay market.

He said downgraded cereal hay was as cheap as $130 to $140 a tonne (ex-farm plus GST) and excessive-quality lucerne was about $300 a tonne (ex-farm plus GST).

“The demand is terribly subdued, and costs have been flat since baling last year,” Mr Peace said.

He said some farmers have been taking the alternative to possess their sheds with cheap hay.

A foggy sky with hay bales in a row that have been ruined by rain.

There may be decreased demand for hay, especially if its quality has been impacted by rainfall.(ABC Rural: Hugh Hogan)

Rain smashes grape harvest

Frigid temperatures and substantial rainfall are no longer what winemaker Alex Cassegrain was hoping for to the start the grape harvesting season, but it indubitably has been the reality for many growers across the state.

Mr Cassegrain has his gain vineyard in Port Macquarie but sources most of his wine grapes from a range of farms across Unusual South Wales.

“One in all the vineyards that we have been wanting to capture from in Orange had 38mm of rain on Saturday which was no longer ideal,” he said.

A man smiling and standing in frontage of green grape vines.

NSW winemaker Alex Cassegrain says mould can obtain in the fruit because of extra rain.(ABC Rural: Keely Johnson)

Rain can cause grapes to split, which exposes the fruit, leading to disease or premature fermentation.

Frigid temps and wet weather a ideal storm for worms

Barbers pole worms causing problems in sheep

Farmers in north of Unusual South Wales are starting to stumble on an increase in losses as a consequence of barber’s pole worm, after accurate summer rainfall and cooler temperatures.(ABC Rural)

All thru the Unusual England North West, cooler temperatures plus moisture from latest rain have resulted in ideal prerequisites for barber’s pole worm.

Narrabri based Local Land Products and services vet Shaun Slattery said sheep producers wished to be vigilant, drench animals when wished and worm visual display unit their stock to avoid losses.

“Now that we’re starting to gain a bit cooler temperatures and the moisture is hanging around for a lot longer … that’s normally after we start to stumble on deaths emerge, as the larvae on these pastures dazzling their way into the sheep.”

A man stands in a blue shirt.

North West LLS district vet Shaun Slattery is seeing an increase in barber’ pole worm cases after latest weather changes.(Provided: North West LLS)

Wet weather right here to stay

Whereas the Bureau of Meteorology says La Nina is losing its efficiency, climatologist Zhi-Weng Chua said the building of above-average rainfall may last except April.

“Having a gawk at March we can generally request average rainfall across NSW as well.”

‘It be been a nightmare’: Rainy summer hits farmers recovering from drought